Mudron 5’s gasoline tax in Joliet must end in Joliet: Ferak


At his last council meeting before stepping down, Dickinson accused the mayor of Joliet, Bob O’Dekirk, of being involved in a blackmail plan, which the mayor vehemently denied.

“Scott, I think a 60 year old man who is an elected official who takes pictures of his private parts and sends them to women, I don’t think it’s appropriate, but if Don thinks it’s appropriate then he should stand up and stand up for himself, “Mayor Bob O’Dekirk told WJOL’s Scott Slocum a year ago.” Bring me in there and imply that I had something to do with that and over and over, trying to present himself as a victim is cowardly and that’s what Don is. “

Once Dickinson resigned, the mayor of Joliet succeeded in restoring the balance of power in his favor.

Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk has the option to repeal the 3 cent per gallon Joliet fuel hike on Mudron 5, but will he do it? Image via John Ferak / Patch

A strong ally of the mayor of Joliet, the owner of the construction company Herb Lande, has been appointed to serve Dickinson’s term until after the municipal elections in April. Of the three vacant Council seats on the ballot, two of O’Dekirk’s favorite candidates, Jan Quillman and Joe Clement, emerged victorious.

Although the Mudron 5 is complete, their imprints on Joliet remain to this day.

For example, in December 2019, Councilor Sherri Reardon had the support of the rest of Mudron 5 – Dickinson, Mudron, Mike Turk and Bettye Gavin – to impose a slew of new taxes on residents and non-residents of Joliet.

On the night after Christmas 2019, Gavin voted to reduce the lodging tax in Joliet hotels and motels from 7 to 10%. And when the time came to vote on Joliet’s gasoline taxes, Gavin voted to increase Joliet’s fuel tax from 1 cent per gallon to 4 cents per gallon to take effect in 2020.

Gavin told the mayor that she is also looking at gas prices to determine where to buy her gas. She said the Shell station on Cass and Henderson streets cost $ 2.99 a gallon on the east side of Joliet, compared to several gas stations that cost $ 2.53 a gallon on the west side of town.

“The only way to stop this … is to stop hanging out with them. Stop hanging out with them. Go somewhere else and get gas. I hate to admit it, I’m going to Lockport, because at Murphy’s, c “is two dollars and fifty cents. But I’m not going to pay $ 2.98 in this place,” Gavin said.

At the December 26, 2019 meeting, Gavin said, “You know, you can group me into this Mudron 5 group or whatever you want to put it. But it’s not me. It’s not me. , that was made clear that the tax hikes are on my shoulders. Well, I’ll be your Huckleberry. I’ll vote yes. “

Image via the city of Joliet

At the time, I reported that not all Quillman, Larry Hug, and Terry Morris were in favor of the controversial fuel taxes of 3 cents per gallon. I also pointed out that the mayor of Joliet was strongly against it.

In less than two months, Joliet municipal council is due to adopt the city’s 2022 operating budget. Given the enormous financial burden people face these days when pumping fuel into their cars, trucks and cars. vans, it is now time for the new Joliet municipal council to repeal the tax hike imposed by Mudron 5 almost two years ago.

Quillman, Hug, Morris and newcomer Clement have to rise to the occasion, as does O’Dekirk.

Joe Clement is to help repeal a controversial 3 cents per gallon tax imposed by the Mudron 5 two years ago. Image John Ferak / Joliet Patch

Fuel prices and taxes around Joliet are quite high. On Halloween, the Mobil station on Jefferson Street and Larkin Avenue offered regular unleaded for $ 3.45 per gallon and diesel for $ 3.68.

Speaking against Mudron 5 at a city council meeting over a gas tax increase is one thing. When you have the political power to do something, it is time to act.

If Quillman, Hug, Morris, Clement and the Mayor of Joliet just sit on their hands and do nothing, then it has turned out to be a huge disappointment.

Scrapping a 3-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase may not seem like much at first, but over the past couple of years it’s been a big change for many people who live and visit Joliet.

Left, Steve Jones, retired interim city manager, greets Pat Mudron in May to celebrate renovations to the Joliet public library. Image via John Ferak / Patch

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